TV Ratings March 19: Nine records its best share of survey year 2018

Mediaweek editor James Manning looks at last night’s TV ratings.

• As Troy and Ashley’s Married At First Sight journey ends, audience lifts
• Nine records its best share of survey year 2018 – primary 28.7%
• My Kitchen Rules close to 1m with Manu running kitchen on group challenge
• News & The Project TEN’s best, All Star Family Feud not the answer

Seven

Home and Away started its week again in the 600,000s – with 684,000 to be exact, after a week 11 average of 634,000.

On My Kitchen Rules group 1 was tasked with creating dishes from the heart, serving up a romantic dinner to 30 loved-up couples. Dressed in their chef whites with Manu running the kitchen, three teams were in charge of main and two teams were on dessert. Alex and Emily won the people’s choice with a duck main course while Kim and Suong’s dessert was judged the weakest dish. The Monday episode did 996,000 after 1.06m on Sunday and 926,000 on Monday last week.

Two episodes of The Resident then did 402,000 and 324,000.

Nine

A Current Affair started its new week with 943,000 watching stories including a live cross from reporter Steve Marshall covering the bushfires in Tathra and then Australia’s Bonnie and Clyde. ACA’s week 11 average was 807,000.

Married At First Sight did good business again, which is no surprise. The surprise perhaps was the couples who are deciding to stay or go. Last night John and Melissa plus Sarah and Telv decided to stay together while Troy and Ashley (or TrAshley as they have been tagged) dumped each other on the show. The episode did 1.52m, which is the best Monday episode this season and the third-biggest episode across all series.

Meanwhile Nine has reported episode 16 of Married this season has become the first program to hit a VPM (video player measurement) of 300,000 within 28 days (excluding content shorter than 15 minutes).

Travel Guides let loose the tourists in Sri Lanka, which attracted the format’s biggest audience ever of 811,000 after 666,000 last week.

In Sydney 100% Footy returned with 82,000 in Sydney and Brisbane for episode 2 after launching with 86,000 a week ago.

In Melbourne, Footy Classified, with Chris Judd joining Hutchy, Caroline Wilson and Matthew Lloyd, launched its year with an AFL preview ahead of the season launch on Thursday. The AFL show returned with 108,000 in Melbourne.

TEN

After a Sunday share it won’t want to see again this year, TEN had a slightly better Monday, but it is still missing a major 7.30pm franchise. After just 165,000 on Sunday, All Star Family Feud backed up again with a better audience of 204,000 for its Commonwealth Games sporting legends episode.

Two episodes of Law & Order: SVU followed with 158,000 and then 159,000.

ABC

Australian Story featured an update on Eddie Woo and his YouTube maths channel just a year after the original episode screened. The show did 652,000 after 510,000 a week ago.

Four Corners featured the UK Channel 4 doco on Harvey Weinstein, which did 588,000.

Media Watch was on 588,000 too followed by Q&A with 452,000.

SBS

Great British Royal Ships has taken over the Monday 7.30pm slot from River Cottage Australia with the first episode on 229,000.

Trust Me, I’m A Doctor followed on 204,000 with 24 Hours In Emergency later doing 170,000.

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